The Falcon and the Snowman (Blu-ray)
They came from the best of families. And they committed the worst of crimes.
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 11 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: January 13, 2015
- Originally Released: 1985
- Label: KL Studio Classics
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- DTS - English
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Timothy Hutton & Sean Penn|
|Performer:||Pat Hingle, Lori Singer, Jennifer Runyon, Joyce Van Patten, Chris Makepeace, Priscilla Pointer, Dorian Harewood, Macon McCalman, Jerry Hardin, Nicholas Pryor & David Suchet|
|Directed by||John Schlesinger|
|Edited by||Richard Marden|
|Screenwriting by||Steven Zaillian|
|Composition by||Lyle Mays & Pat Metheny|
|Cinematography by||Allen Daviau|
|Produced by||John Schlesinger & Gabriel Katzka|
|Executive Production by||John Daly|
Rating: 3/5 -- intriguing but a bit dry
Shadows on the Wall
Rating: C+ -- Though Penn and Hutton perform admirably, the film fails to be interesting. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
A clever, poignant spy film that avoids formulaic action in favour of human drama. Both leading characters are carefully drawn and it's down to skilful performances that their plight grows increasingly absorbing. Full Review
Hutton succumbs firstly to a thin role, and secondly to the film's lack of any strong viewpoint about its leading men. As usual Schlesinger is more than half in love with what he might be satirising. Full Review
...Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn are superb...
Rating: 3.5/5 -- It's a watchable, likely accurate recitation of facts, with two outstanding performances. But in the case of the Falcon and the Snowman, the truth we don't see onscreen may be stranger, and stronger, than the historical fiction that has been created. Full Review
The Film Yap
A very curious though effective entertainment, a scathing social satire in the form of an outrageously clumsy spy story told with a completely straight face.
New York Times
Based on an actual incident, THE FALCON AND THE SNOWMAN is a tale of espionage about two upper-middle class kids who, in 1977, became spies for the Soviet Union. Disillusioned with the American government, a drop-out seminary student, Christopher Boyce (Timothy Hutton), begins stealing classified information from his workplace. With the help of his boyhood friend, strung-out cocaine addict Daulton Lee (Sean Penn), Boyce begins selling government secrets to the Soviets, with disastrous results.
- Theatrical Release: January 25, 1985.